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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by rtwdoug, Oct 16, 2009.
Hey, you walked right into it so I couldn't resist!
Front wheel was a little catawawampus, so I did my best to true up the rim. Its not perfect, but its alot better. My friend Richard delivered a bike to me yesterday, and brought his sunbeam down, so we took a relaxing 40 mile ride thru the countryside. Relaxing, as I had to go slow so I wouldn't lose him. I guess I still don't have all the oil leaks fixed on the vincent, but its getting better.
Richard also brought the 24 Sunbeam he bought at the Vegas auction. It needed a bit of fettling, clutch was slipping when kicking, oiling wasn't working right, just little stuff. Got it running and we were riding it around town by the afternoon.
Funny story, we got it running by push starting it. I was riding it around the parking lot, and it started an ran ok, but every time I pulled in the clutch, the motor would just die. I took it around the block, and same thing, motor would die. Was driving me nuts, as it was running so well.
Turns out the clutch and compression release levers were sorta swapped. The big lever on the left was compression release, the small one clutch. So I was killing the motor trying to stop. Once I got that figured out, no more problems!
Guess I did. Thanks for the vid, I grew up listening to her music.
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Man that compensator was a little ahead of its time!!!! I guess, actually the primary set up is all pretty modern for 1924?? The cooling fins on the exhaust valve spring is pretty cool. This is a pretty innovative machine for its age.....is there a small gear box behind the motor? I assume the tank lever is a shifter???? is the throttle the small lever on the bars or is that an enrichener? Front brake as well.....pretty cool old machine!!
Cooling fins is a thread in cap, i have a set on my 25 scout.
3 speed trans, tank shift. This clutch style actually works pretty good. The round things are cork, and they float in the holes to help keep the plates centered. Alot of pre war brit bikes used similar, my panther is similar.
2 levers on right bar, long is throttle, short is choke. No twist grip.
Here's a NOS cooling tower I have
That’s a nice ornament.
What do you actually do with it?
Try to follow the story line.
Wait, there's supposed to be a story line?
Wow neat!! bet you don't see that combo in Bama to often cept @ Barber!!!
I'm struggling to figure out how big it is or isn't
Look at the first photo on post # 6743 and you will see the ornament sitting on top of the cylinder.
"The cooling fins on the exhaust valve spring is pretty cool."
Got it. It's about the size of a Christmas ornament.
Looks like the right material
In a similar way I once scored a CB750 freebie on Craigslist and it had some interesting heat distributors one top of the valve cover
I see good people on both sides
RTWD-Coincidental you should mention Festivus. Mr. Stiller passed last week. The day before his passing an episode of Law and Order aired in which he played a NON comedic part. That of a defense Lawyer. Makes one wonder just what is coincidence, Happenstance, or prophetic. A tip of the glass to Jerry.
Im on the road this week. SC, WV, CT, MA, PA & OH
I rented a new pickup for a week, 300 bucks, unlimited miles. And with the shutdown in yankeeland, this will blend in better than my truck.
1st stop, I traded a harley 45 motor for a 52 cushman eagle. Runs great, I figure it'll be more fun than an old motor collecting dust.
Honk if you pass through Tannersville.